Modest Old Man

Short article and image from "Pictures to the Editors" section of Life magazine, describing a veteran who had a September Morn-like nude tattooed on one knee, only to have it altered later to conceal the nudity.

Modest Old Man

Sirs:

This is a knee, and it belongs to a sailor. Many years ago, in 1916, he had this pretty thing (who looks rather like September Morn) tattooed on his skin, and a sister to her, besides on his other knee.

Now that the U. S. is at war again our sailor decided to re-enlist, but in the intervening years it seems that someone made a modest old man out of Uncle Sam. "Dress her up or take her off," were orders. Sadly the sailor obeyed. For a dollar, a tattoo artist down on the Bowery covered her with this 1890-vintage bathing suit. Now it's okay for her to go to sea once more. (She may even become a Wave.)

TECH. SGT. ROBERT E. KERR New York, N. Y.

Dublin Core

Title

Modest Old Man

Subject

September Morn tattoo.

Description

Short article and image from "Pictures to the Editors" section of Life magazine, describing a veteran who had a September Morn-like nude tattooed on one knee, only to have it altered later to conceal the nudity.

Source

Life Magazine, Nov. 30, 1942

Publisher

Life Magazine

Date

1942-11-30

Language

en

Contribution Form

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Text

Modest Old Man

Sirs:

This is a knee, and it belongs to a sailor. Many years ago, in 1916, he had this pretty thing (who looks rather like September Morn) tattooed on his skin, and a sister to her, besides on his other knee.

Now that the U. S. is at war again our sailor decided to re-enlist, but in the intervening years it seems that someone made a modest old man out of Uncle Sam. "Dress her up or take her off," were orders. Sadly the sailor obeyed. For a dollar, a tattoo artist down on the Bowery covered her with this 1890-vintage bathing suit. Now it's okay for her to go to sea once more. (She may even become a Wave.)

TECH. SGT. ROBERT E. KERR New York, N. Y.

Original Format

magazine article

Citation

"Modest Old Man," in September Morn Archive, Item #93, http://septembermorn.org/items/show/93 (accessed November 22, 2017).